A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past.
An arduous trek toward justice—or redemption.
Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. Bad for Silver's already tarnished reputation in her small Colorado town. Bad for bounty hunter Jared's secret, single-minded mission for revenge. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the altar and stole the last remnant of her father's fortune. And Jared's in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family—even if Silver is too distractingly beautiful for comfort.
The pair takes off over mountain and desert, past bleak homesteads and raw mining towns, hot on the trail of the two villains who took what wasn't theirs to take. Soon supplies dwindle, secrets emerge, and suspicion leave Silver and Jared at odds when they need each other most. To confront an enemy deadlier than desert rattlesnakes and rocky cliffs, Silver and Jared must learn to forgive and trust and face the question they haven't dared voice: What happens next?
My take: I've read several of Robin Lee Hatcher's novels, and they never disappoint. When I began reading The Heart's Pursuit, I struggled to keep my attention on the novel, and I wondered if I'd finally encountered a Hatcher novel I wouldn't enjoy. But I kept reading, and I'm so glad I did.
The majority of The Heart's Pursuit takes place on the trail from Colorado to Nevada, as Silver and Jared try to catch the villains. Along the way, they encounter so many problems that they can't help but gravitate toward one another. Both are strong, stubborn characters, yet Silver's faith is what carries her through—and it's what begins breaking down the walls around Jared's heart. Watching his journey back to faith was one of my favorite aspects of this novel.
The Heart's Pursuit is also full of memorable supporting characters. Though most don't stick around long, Hatcher does a great job of fleshing out these minor characters. I'd especially love to read more about Miss Corrine, a woman who takes Silver under her wing in Nevada.
Overall, The Heart's Pursuit is a very enjoyable read. Fans of westerns and historical fiction will love it!
My rating: 4 stars
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About the giveaway: Robin Lee Hatcher's latest novel, The Heart's Pursuit, is receiving critical praise: "The Old West lives again in this inspirational romantic adventure. . . . Themes of forgiveness, justice and mercy dominate the story and add to the characters' depth. Hatcher treats readers to a rich sensory experience—you can taste the desert dust and smell the smoke and stench of a crowded gambling hall." (Publishers Weekly)
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